By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team
Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday that, because of Maryland’s improving health metrics, the state will begin to move into Stage Three of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ with additional reopenings beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 4th.
As part of the state’s initial entry into Stage Three, Governor Hogan announced the following additional reopenings:
- Indoor theaters where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 100 people per auditorium—whichever is less—with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.
- Outdoor venues where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown outdoors may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 250 people—whichever is less—with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.
- Retail establishments and religious facilities may increase from 50% to 75% of their maximum capacity.
“Since we continue to have the lowest rates in the State, Garrett County will continue to follow the Governor’s lead for opening up additional businesses in a safe and gradual way,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “As the reopening continues, please remember to diligently follow the recommended safety precautions, including wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, washing hands, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. These precautions will help to slow the spread of the virus and allow us to continue to remain open.”
A collaboration with Apple and Google was also announced. Maryland will be one of the first states to deploy a new exposure notification tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Exposure Notifications Express, which will be optional for users, is designed to help public health officials more quickly and easily provide notifications for their residents about potential COVID-19 exposure and guide them on recommended actions.
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